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Night of the Big Heat (1967)
of Origin: UK
EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
MAKE UP AND
DESIGN AND SET
An autumnal heatwave gripping the Scottish island of Fara turns out to be caused by a covert invasion by protoplasmic aliens seeking energy of any kind, primarily heat. Islanders and their animals are burnt to a crisp as they struggle to find a way to stop the invaders before they can escape to the wider world.
Though it doesn't plumb the depths explored by Fisher's first planet production, The Earth Died Screaming (1964), Fisher couldn't seem to be able to give The Night of the Big Heat the same energetic silliness that made Island of Terror (1966) so much fun. His pacing is somewhat erratic, allowing the film to dawdle when it should have been sprinting and consequently, it fails to engage the emotions in any way. Individual scenes and images stand out, but the whole fails to gel and the climax is less than convincing - though as a parody of War of the Worlds (1953) (seemingly invincible alien invaders destroyed by the forces of nature), it's not bad.
Brennender Tod - German
Video Review April 1983
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and
Fantasy Movies 1991 - 1991 p.193
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films
aliens; book into film; heatwaves; islands; remakes
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